Raised in a bilingual, bicultural household, Rachel Carrillo Syrja has first-hand knowledge of the English Learner experience. Along with her 20+ years of experience in the field of education, she has used her knowledge and love of research to author and co-author books that are considered to be preeminent resources for all educators, K-12.
Learn more about her publications:
How to Reach and Teach English Language Learners
While acknowledging there is no magic bullet to teaching ELLs, the author, a noted expert in English language learning, presents strategies and tools that are designed to help you discover what works for your students. This book provides practical ready-to-use ELL strategies firmly rooted in the latest research along with tools for assessing and teaching even the most hard to reach English language learners across the content areas. Rachel Carrillo Syrja offers educators the latest information on working with ELLs (including using formative assessments) and provides a wealth of classroom-tested models and measures. These tools have proven to be effective with ESL students at all levels, including Long Term English Learners (LTELs). Throughout the book, the author shares powerful research-based strategies and clearly illustrates how they should be implemented in the classroom for maximum impact.Buy Now
Common Formative Assessments for English Language Learners
While it has long been established by such experts in the field as Rick Stiggins, James Popham, and Larry Ainsworth that assessment is an integral part of the learning process, the complex process of assessing English language learners (ELLs) has never been clearly defined for educators. The process has remained a mystery with few resources made available to help educators with the actual development of high-quality assessments, formative and summative. Common Formative Assessments for English Language Learners addresses issues concerning overall assessments of ELLs. It tackles the very real challenge of assessing students’ content knowledge when they have not developed the language skills in English to demonstrate that understanding.Buy Now
Engaged Instruction: Thriving Classrooms in the Era of the Common Core
Engaged Instruction is a timely anthology of practical ideas from thirteen educators actively working to support teachers in the dynamic environment of the 21st-century classroom. Each author addresses a specialty area and provides ideas for teachers to engage students in their classrooms now, in the new age of the Common Core. The transition to new standards and assessments in 2014 will require teachers to develop and expand a repertoire of skills in anticipation of the new measures of achievement. Teachers will need to shift how they teach and assess students, and students will need to adapt to those instructional changes. The strategies presented in this book will help teachers expand their skills with successful classroom practices.Buy Now